Not Your Everyday Routine

Jun 26, 2013 No Comments by

The majority of games today set out to empower the player. Whether it’s in the hulking metal boots of a super-soldier or the magical garments of some arch-wizard, playing with power is a draw of many modern games.

Above all, Routine conspires to make you wet your spacesuit.

Routine is a first person horror exploration game set on an abandoned Moon base. Your job is to find enough data to uncover the truth behind the strange disappearance of everyone stationed on the Lunar Research Station.

(from Routine’s website)

Atmosphere is everything in Routine. Going hand-in-hand with the Oculus Rift support, Routine avoids anything and everything that breaks immersion. No floating HUD. No popup computer menus. No quest markers. It’s all handled without breaking the action.

Perhaps its boldest move is the decision for perma-death. Most horror games will kill the player quickly but give them invisible checkpoints. Permanent death ramps up the stakes considerably – the deeper you venture, the more you have to lose. Hopefully, Routine’s non-linear structure will prevent it from limiting its depth and scope.

With a development team of four, no dates have been nailed down for further developments. You can follow the developers on their Twitter and Facebook pages. Super Combo will continue to report on new information as it comes out.

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